It was an evening of mixed emotions for James Wilson as he twice brought Salford City level with Plymouth Argyle, only for the visitors to nick a goal in injury time and return to the south coast with all three points.

The striker signed in January from Aberdeen and hadn’t scored since May 2019, but it took him just a minute to equalise after Byron Moore’s first half opener as he looped a header that Alex Palmer couldn’t stop from dipping underneath the crossbar.

Antoni Sarcevic’s fine finish restored the visitors’ advantage, but barely two minutes after Wilson was at it again as he controlled a Bruno Andrade cross from the left, with his back to goal, but shifted the ball as he turned past Tyreeq Bakinson to fire into the bottom right-hand corner from the top of the area.

However despite the Ammies’ comeback, promotion hopefuls Plymouth won the game in added time as Ryan Hardie broke away down the right and his low finish was deflected into the far post.

After the game the 24-year-old said he was delighted to start his Salford career in that fashion, but admitted it was a ‘bittersweet’ moment.

“The result was a disappointment, I think we deserved more than to lose,” Wilson said.

“Obviously I was delighted to come on and play my part to get the boys back in the game so it’s a bittersweet moment really.

“It’s always nice to get on the pitch doing what I love so it was really good to get out there and play my part.

“I think we had plenty of chances to go and win the game, ultimately they’ve taken three chances and we’ve only taken two so we could have done better, that’s just the way football goes, but I’m delighted to get back out and playing football again.

“Off the back of the weekend as well we played really well and didn’t put the game to bed, the same again tonight, we’ve created the chances but ended coming off the losing side so hopefully we go again and carry on trying to get the points to get us up the league.”

Manager Graham Alexander brought Wilson on in the 61st minute along with Brandon Thomas-Asante and says that the youngsters provided a fresh dynamic to the team.

“Him and Brandon, they’re good young players and we had to change something to break the deadlock with us getting back into the game and they both made a great impact into the performance,” the Ammies boss said.

“I thought we were the dominant team, a goal against the run of play from one of their first entries into our box but the reaction from the players was good and the second half was very action-packed and competitive.

“We’ve created even more chances today than we had on Saturday but we shot ourselves in the foot with the goals we conceded.”

Next for The Ammies is a trip to bottom-of-the-table Stevenage on Saturday.